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Michael Kors joins with ellesse for a nostalgic athleisure partnership

May 14, 2022 - Saturday 7:05 PM by Carby Rose Basina

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Michael Kors is primarily known for its incredible accessories range, but the much-loved American brand is set to release a seriously chic athletic collection in partnership with another legendary brand that may surprise you.

You'd be excused for assuming that after two years of being confined to our comfiest tracksuits and loungewear, everyone had had enough of athleisure. But that was before we got a preview of Michael Kors and ellesse's exciting new collaboration line. Those heels, blouses, and dresses we'd rediscovered are being pushed to the back of the closet as we prepare to renew our passion for activewear.

With pieces ranging from track trousers to gym bags, Michael Kors and ellesse’s 24-piece collection ties together their distinctive emblems, giving an elevated perspective on common training apparel.

A cast of sporty characters, including Emily Ratajkowski, Brooklyn-based rapper Jay Critch, models Lexi Boling, Herzen Clerge, Lucas Ucedo, musician Wolftyla, and top Japanese internet sensation Kemio join the icons shot by Lachlan Bailey and styled by Mel Ottenberg.

Even though Ratajkowski isn't a tennis fan, she admires the sport and the minds behind this adventurous pairing. “I am a major fan and love working with both Michael and Trey Laird,” Ratajkowski said smiling. “Being on set in Miami with amazing creatives that I’ve had the pleasure of working on projects with in the past felt like a family reunion.”

At Bar SixtyFive Rockefeller Plaza, Ratajkowski was joined for the launch by her campaign co-star, as well as other house guests Batsheva Hay, Valentina Ferrer, Tina Leung, the Young Emperors, James Turlington, Ezra J William, and Jessica Wang, among others.

From tracksuits to trainers and everything in between, the capsule collection offers a mix of modern athletic apparel with a '70s flare. Other attendees, including Amelia Gray Hamlin, Sai de Silva, Tayshia Adams, and Wolftyla, were seen all night wearing standout items from the collection.

Adams sported the collab's co-branded printed tank and matching bag, while Critch wore the line's classic tracksuit jacket with his iced-out chain.

Sweet and savory canapés were handed around the bustling event as the sun began to sink below the horizon. Guests enjoyed a glass or two of bubbly while watching the sky change from bright orange to a cool blue from the observation deck with panoramic views. The sunset behind the glittering skyline, but model and DJ SooJoo Park kept the party going with her lively music.

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